The Department of Health has announced a free meningococcal immunisation clinic will be held this weekend (Sat 18 Aug and Sun 19 Aug) at the Derwent Entertainment Centre as part of the public health response to a localised outbreak of meningococcal W disease in the Greater Hobart area.
The clinic will provide meningococcal ACWY (‘Men W’) vaccine to people aged between six weeks up to 21 years (born after 1 August 1997).
Eligible people who want to attend the clinic must make a booking. Booking details will be provided on Thursday 2 August in The Mercury and via a Trybooking link. You must book and bring your ticket, or you will be unable to attend the clinic.
The clinic will be open from 9am until 7pm on Saturday 4 August and from 9am until 6pm on Sunday 5 August.
If you are going to attend a clinic, please ensure you allow plenty of time to attend the clinic as there may be unexpected delays. You will also be expected to stay for 15 minutes after the vaccination, for your safety so staff can check for any reaction to the vaccination. You will also need to bring your Medicare card that has your listed child on it.
Please be patient and respectful of staff and follow their directions. They are there to help you.
These clinics are for eligible people who live or spend significant time in the areas of New Town, Moonah and Glenorchy.
These immunisations will also be available free from a range of providers including general practitioners and, from next week, authorised pharmacist immunisers, throughout Tasmania over the next three months.
Please note: This is a Department of Health initiative and Glenorchy City Council is assisting.
Read the Department of Health media release for further information or follow them Facebook page for up-to-date information.